World’s Scariest Train Rides
Travelling by railway is supposed to be one of the most relaxing experiences in the world. That is, of course, if you don’t suffer from motion sickness. If you are accustomed to the rail experience, you get to watch the most scenic view zoom past, meet new people at every stop and delve deep into a completely different world by reading your favourite book. What more could you want? Despite this idyllic outlook on what train rides are supposed to be like, some of the railways in the world are particularly scary.
Here’s a list of the top 3 scariest train rides in the world…
- Tren a las Nubes, Argentina
In English, the title of this railway means ‘Train to the Clouds’ and reaching 13,850 feet in the air during its many journeys, this couldn’t be closer to the truth! Along the way, the trains also encounters 21 tunnels, 13 viaducts, and two zigzags and spirals. The trip, which takes visitors to see the landscapes of the Andes Mountain Range, is roughly 16 hours long.
- White Pass and Yukon Route, Alaska
This railway was built in 1898 and the route connects Alaska to Yukon. If you are afraid of cliff edges, this railway is one to avoid! It climbs almost 3,000 feet in 20 miles with a steep gradient of 3.9 percent! Despite the terrifying climb and death defying overhang, passengers enjoy a scenic view of waterfalls and mountains.
- Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct, Scotland
Located a little more closer to home, fans of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series might recognise this famous and iconic railway line. It was featured in three out of eight films in the famous series and was also built in 1898. The viaduct is situated on top of the Loch Shiel in the West Highlands of Scotland. It stand almost 100 feet above the ground and although it isn’t obvious from far away, the track is curved!
Perhaps more terrifying than any of these railway tracks is the idea of train delays! If you’ve ever had to wait 30 minutes or more for a train, get in contact with Trains From Hell to find out how to claim your ticket money back!